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My scholarly interests include the following:
- In collaboration with Craig Heller at Stanford University, I have proposed hypotheses linking the function of sleep to brain energy metabolism, and linking the function of REM sleep to events taking place during nonREM sleep.
- In collaboration with Marcos Frank at University of Pennsylvania, I have proposed a range of possible cellular and molecular connections between sleep and synaptic plasticity.
- I am one author of a college general biology textbook for natural science majors, published by Cengage.
My past research in collaboration with students at St. Bonaventure University has included studies of:
- the effects of sleep deprivation on cellular energy metabolism in rats (in collaboration with researchers at Stanford University)
- the effects of oxidative stress on cellular energy metabolism and ADP ribose production in primary cultures of astrocytes (in collaboration with Dr. Raymond Swanson at University of California at San Francisco)
- changes in cellular energy metabolism in association with starvation-induced sexual reproduction in Tetrahymena thermophila and Schizosaccharomyces pombe.
- bioinformatic analysis of changes in mouse long non-coding RNAs in recovery from heart failure
Currently, I mentor students in bioinformatics projects, performing new analyses of publicly available data to answer diverse biological questions.